Northwood 1  Waltham Abbey 1

9th February 2008


Mitch Swain 1
James Fisher 2
Ryan Tackley 3
John Christian 4
Bradley Hewitt 5
Adam Theo (Capt.) 6
Michael Gordon 7
Dwane Williams 8
Jerome Hall 9
Phil Turner 10
Dwain Williams 11
Ben Harris 12
Adrian Abramian (8) 14
Danny Brown 15
Lee Holland (10) 16
Gary Edwards 17
Ryman League One North
Chestnut Avenue,
Kick Off
3.00 p.m.
Fisher 44
Waltham Abbey
Sontag 13
Waltham Abbey
Ayres, Burt
Sent Off
Waltham Abbey

Waltham Abbey

1 John Hickman
2 Richard Veares
3 Barrington Brotherton
4 David Ayres
5 Steve Mensah
6 Marc Sontag
7 James Elmes
8 Albert Bostock
9 Calvin Petrie
10 Louis Collins
11 Denny Webb
12 Nicky Burt (8)
14 Steve Sheehan (11)
15 John Sapsford
16 -
17 -



Match Report
by Robin Piper

Northwood endured a frustrating afternoon as they were unable to overcome a battling Waltham Abbey outfit.

There were a couple of changes to the side which won at Potters Bar in midweek. Bradley Hewitt was fit to renew his central defensive partnership with Adam Theo with Ryan Tackley moving to left-back to cover for the injured Danny Murphy, whilst Dwain Williams came in for winger Abdul Yoki who was missing through illness.

And it was Williams who almost gave Woods the perfect start as his curling shot from the edge of the box rebounded off the far post.

But Waltham Abbey opened the scoring when they were gifted a goal on 13 minutes, Marc Sontag’s cross being left by all and sundry before sneaking inside the far post.

Woods looked for an immediate riposte and they went close as Jerome Hall headed narrowly wide, whilst Dwane Williams tried his luck from outside the box.

However, the visitors continued to threaten on the break, Louis Collins and James Elmes missing the target when well placed.

Northwood were struggling to find the rhythm of recent weeks in a lethargic opening half. However, Michael Gordon was unlucky when his shot rattled the crossbar after a neat move involving Tackley and Dwane Williams.

Woods needed a goal before the half-time break and it duly arrived on 43 minutes as Tackley’s far post cross was headed back by Hewitt to James Fisher whose shot into the ground bounced beyond the reach of goalkeeper John Hickman.

And Hewitt missed a glorious chance to give his side the lead in the final minute of the half as he headed over unchallenged after latching onto Tackley’s corner.

Colin Payne made an attacking change at the break, striker Adrian Abramian replacing midfielder Dwane Williams.

And Abramian was quickly into the action as he latched onto Hall’s cross but his shot lacked the necessary power to test Hickman.

Woods were beginning to play with more conviction as they enjoyed their best spell of the afternoon, the woodwork coming to Waltham Abbey’s rescue once more as Phil Turner’s shot cannoned of the crossbar.

And Turner was almost set free by Hall’s ball over the top but he was held back by a visiting defender with only Hickman to beat.

Turner made way for the fresh legs of Lee Holland on 71 minutes as Northwood continued to look for the decisive goal. And Hall had a wonderful opportunity after a delightful through ball from Abramian, but the Woods striker was crowded out by the Waltham Abbey defence before he could get his shot in on goal.

But for all their possession, Woods were lacking the guile to breakdown the stubborn Waltham Abbey rearguard, a Michael Gordon shot on the turn and a Dwain Williams 25-yard effort the closest Woods came to grabbing the all important goal.

And so the scoreline remained the same, with Northwood having to settle for a share of the spoils to record their ninth league stalemate of the season.


PHOTO GALLERY (Click thumbnail to enlarge)


Michael Gordon shows his pace to get away from the defender

Photos: James Brown